Data protection declaration

General notes and mandatory information on data protection

“As a globally operating company we bear responsibilities worldwide for our employees, customers, business partners, shareholders and the public.” (SGL Code of Conduct)

The new General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) means a more stringent directive for all individuals in handling personal data. Personal data includes all data that can be used to identify you as a person.

We as a company take data protection very seriously. This means that the confidentiality and integrity of your personal data is of utmost importance to us. We need your personal data for the business relationship we share; however, it will not be processed or shared with third parties beyond what is necessary.

The respective SGL national legal entity with whom you have a contract or with whom you are in contact is responsible for processing your personal data. The data controller for your respective national legal entity can be found in the contact list below.

We carry out all processing in compliance with the applicable law of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as well as national implementation laws and execution acts.

For example, we process your data

  • when you visit this website

  • to establish, execute, and terminate a contractual relationship

  • to exchange information with credit agencies and authorities

  • for measures related to building and plant safety and to protect domiciliary rights

  • to control risk within the company

  • to assert legal claims

  • to meet legal and statutory requirements

In our privacy notices, we inform you in detail about the sources of data, purposes and legal bases of processing, who receives your data in addition, whether your data is transmitted to a country outside the EU, and how long your data is stored. We also inform you about your data protection rights.

You can find all important information compiled for you here:
Privacy notices for applicants and employees
Privacy notices for customers and other data subjects
Privacy notices for suppliers

If you have questions about data protection or wish to assert your rights, please contact the respective data protection officer for the SGL company responsible at any time.

Please contact one of the e-mail addresses listed below.
Responsible per Legal Entity + Data Protection Officer
Data Protection Organization

Right to data portability

You have the right to receive the data that we process automatically on the basis of your consent or to fulfill a contract and the right to have it transmitted to a third party in a common, machine-readable format. If you require the data to be transmitted directly to another controller, this will only be done if technically feasible.  

Access, blocking, erasure

Within the context of the legally applicable provisions, you have the right to free information about your stored personal data, its origin and recipients and the purpose of data processing and, where necessary, the right to rectification, restriction, or erasure of this data. For further information and questions on personal data you can contact us at any time at the address given in the imprint.

Objection to marketing mail

We hereby object to the use of contact data published as part of the obligation to provide a legal notice to send advertising and information materials unless explicitly requested. The operators of the site expressly reserve the right to take legal action if advertising information, such as spam mail, is sent unsolicited.

Data protection officer

If you have questions about the collection, processing, or use of your personal data, for information, rectification, restriction, or erasure of data or revocation of consent or objection to certain data use, please contact the respective data protection officer of the legal entities.
Responsible per Legal Entity  

Data collection on our website

SSL and TLS encryption

For security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential content that you send to us as the site operator, this site uses SSL or TLS encryption. An encrypted connection can be recognized by the change from “http://” to “https://” in the URL bar of your browser and by the lock icon in your browser bar.

When SSL or TSL encryption is activated, the data that you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.


The web pages use so-called “cookies.” These do not damage your computer and do not carry viruses. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser. They serve to make our website more user-friendly, more effective, and more secure.

Most of the cookies we use are “session cookies.” They are automatically erased at the end of your session. Other cookies remain stored on your device until you delete them. These cookies allow us to recognize your browser on your next visit.

Your browser allows you to change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie and only permit it in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain circumstances or generally, and activate the automatic erasure of cookies when the browser is closed.

Important: Deactivating cookies may restrict the functionality of this website.

Cookies that are necessary to run the electronic communication process or to provide certain functions you want to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored on the basis of art. 6 (1) f of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in storing cookies for the purposes of error-free and optimized provision of their services.

If other cookies (e.g. cookies to analyze your surfing behavior) are stored, they will be handled separately in this data protection notice and require your consent.

This site uses the following types of cookie:

  • jsessionid (provider MCON Group), purpose: reliable website operation, expiration: only operate during session, type: Approval-free
  • _ga (provider Google Analytics), purpose: used by Google Analytics to distinguish between visitors, expiration: 24 months, type: can be disabled
  • _gat_UA-71570259-2 (provider Google Analytics), purpose: used by Google Analytics to restrict requirement rate, expiration: 1 minute, type: can be disabled
  • _gid (provider Google Analytics), purpose: used by Google Analytics to distinguish between visitors, expiration: 24 hours, type: can be disabled

Server log files

The provider of the site automatically collects and stores information in server log files, which your browser automatically transmits to us. These are:

a) Access log
• First line of request
• Required time (in microseconds) to serve the request
• Connection status after response is finished

b) Error log
• Time stamp
• Error type
• Process ID
• Client (only the IP of the upstream load balancer, not the actual IP)
• Error code
• Error description
• Affected resource

The server log files are retained for 90 days. This data will not be conflated with other data sources. The basis for data processing is art. 6 (1) a+f of the GDPR.

If you do not agree to this, we ask that you leave the site.

Contact form

If you send us requests via the contact form, your information from the request form including the contact data you provided there will be processed by us for the purpose of processing the request and in the event of follow-up questions. We will not share this data outside the group without your consent.

The data entered in the contact form is only processed based on your consent (art. 6 (1) a of the GDPR). You can revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future. An informal message by email to us is sufficient. The legality of data processing carried out until the revocation remains unaffected by the revocation.

The data entered by you in the contact form will remain with us until you request its erasure, revoke your consent to processing, or the purpose for data processing no longer exists (e.g. after your request has been processed).

This does not affect mandatory legal provisions – especially periods of retention.

Web analysis/Google Analytics

This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider is Google LLC., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored based on art. 6 (1) f of the GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior in order to improve their website and advertising.

a) IP anonymization
We have activated the IP anonymization function on this website. This means your IP address will be truncated by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before being transmitted to the USA. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and truncated there.

Google will use this information on behalf of this website’s operator to analyze your use of the website so that reports about website activity can be compiled and other services related to website and internet use can be performed for the website operator. The IP address transmitted from your browser in the context of Google Analytics will not be conflated with other Google data.

b) Browser Plug-In
You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest possible extent. You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link:

c) Objection to data collection
You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set, which prevents the collection of your data on future visits to this website:

More information on how Google Analytics handles user data can be found in Google's privacy policy:

d) Order processing
We have signed an order processing agreement with Google and fully implement the strict requirements of the GDPR for the use of Google Analytics.

e) Demographic features on Google Analytics
This website uses the "demographic features" function of Google Analytics. This allows reports to be created that contain information on the age, gender and interests of visitors to the site. This data comes from interest-related advertising by Google and from visitor data from third-party providers. This data cannot be assigned to a specific person. You can disable this feature at any time through the ad preference settings in your Google Account or generally opt-out of Google Analytics collecting your information as described in the "Objection to data collection" section.